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Writing and teaching writing from the heart
Good editing is like climbing a mountain,
a step at a time – a sentence, a word at a time. It can be a
hard slog and it is not for the faint-hearted.
Poor editing is one of the principal reasons for
manuscript rejection. It shows you don’t care enough about
your writing. It is like wearing a crumpled shirt with a
gravy stain for an interview.
People often say to me, but isn’t it the job of the
editor at the publishing house to fix up my manuscript? No
it isn’t. Editors these days like near perfection to land
on their desk.
It is not easy to edit your own work. As a writer and an
editor I know it is much easier to edit someone else’s work
than my own. Editing requires objectivity and it is
impossible for any writer to be entirely objective.
edit well, you must have a clear mind, a cool heart and an
understanding of how language works.
It often means discarding the very writing you hope will
gain you immortality as a writer – words that you wrote in a
hot passion – their eloquence and wisdom surprising when you
But that passage may no longer be applicable, or you have
said it before, or it is overblown and you are too in love
with your own words to see it.
In my workshop you will be focusing on the basic criteria
for good editing.
You will learn how to:
- Be objective. Yes, there are techniques…
- Dramatically improve the pace, tension
and clarity of your manuscript by cutting
- Enrich your writing by using the power
and magic of metaphor.
- Turn a sentence that is turgid as a bowl
of porridge into a sentence that dances,
- Recognize the ‘good’ words from the
- Understand how rhythm and repetition
build atmosphere and expectation in the
- Attend to dialogue.
- Know when enough is enough. And a full
stop, or even THE END is required.
|Who should attend?
- Any writer who is nearing their final
- Any writer who is in the throes of
writing and is uncertain about their writing
- If you are intending to self publish,
this workshop is invaluable. The editing of
‘partnership’ publishers tends to be
cursory. They do not have as much to lose as
traditional commercial publishers. As the
writer, you have your reputation…
|Once you have a rigorously pared-back and
polished manuscript the editor of a publishing
house is more likely to say encouraging words
like, Yes, your manuscript has promise…
Or better still, I couldn’t stop reading…
Then you will knuckle down and edit it all
over again, this time to their standards… And
not for Wimps is a hands-on
workshop with your own manuscript.